There’s a slight chill in the air as we move through September and the leaves start to turn, but it looks like it’s going to be a bright weekend in Nottinghamshire! Make the most of the September sun at one of the brilliant events coming up across the county.

Laugh your way around the city as you discover Nottingham’s weird and wonderful history on the last Nutty Nottingham Comedy Tour of the season, check out the closing weekend of the D.H. Lawrence Festival  or get on your bike for Let’s Ride -  a free,  family-friendly cycling challenge and street festival.

We've picked some of our favourite events below, but don't forget to have a look at our What’s On pages and Things to Do section for lots more ways to spend your weekend! We love to see and hear what you have been up to in Nottinghamshire so don’t forget you can use #lovenotts to share the love and connect with us via our TwitterFacebook or Instagram!
 

Theatre

An Enemy of the people at Nottingham Playhouse


Various Venues 

Friday the 13th promises to bring nothing but good things for theatre fans, with two fantastic and rather different productions showing in Nottingham. Following from the phenomenal success of The Madness of George III and Wonderland, Artistic Director Adam Penford’s latest offering, An Enemy of the People, is set to wow the crowds at Nottingham Playhouse when it opens on Friday. When Dr Stockmann, played by Alex Kingston, makes a sinister discovery in her small town, she expects a hero’s welcome. Instead finds herself at the centre of a controversy that’s set to tear the community apart in this gripping play about fake news, whistle-blowers and the corruption of power.

Elsewhere this weekend, after two smash hit runs on West End, Artistic Director Rufus Norris’ all-star production of Cabaret will be bringing the glamour and decadence of 1930s Berlin to The Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall. Expect show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and iconic songs like Money Makes The World Go Round, Maybe This Time and Cabaret.


Heritage Open Days
 

St Marys Chruch Nottingham


Friday 13 - Sunday 22 September | Various venues in Nottinghamshire | Free

Discover Nottinghamshire’s heritage gems for free this weekend as museums, National Trust properties, parks and historic pubs thrown open their doors for Heritage Open Days – England's largest festival of history and culture. Starting on Friday, you can step back in time at the fascinating Mr Straw's House to explore a house which has barely changed since 1923, or join special tours, guided walks and activities at Clumber Park.  

On Saturday you can go behind the scenes at Creswell Crags, enjoy a taster tour of the D. H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum, or discover the rich heritage, beautiful architecture and stunning 360 degree views over Nottingham at St Mary's Church.  Sunday brings the opportunity to drop in to Debbie Bryan for a free printmaking workshop or discover one of the last remaining music halls in the UK on a whistle-stop tour of Malt Cross, or explore the fascinating Civil War heritage of Newark on a guided walk through the richly historic town.  

Find out more.


Festival of Food & Drink


Festival of Food and Drink at Clumber Park


Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September | Clumber Park | Tickets: £7 Adults, £5 Child (6-16), in advance.

Calling all foodies and gastronomes – the biggest and most vibrant food festival in the east Midlands is coming to the stunning setting of Clumber Park this weekend, bringing with it feast for all the senses. Wander around the plentiful array of artisan food producers, stopping to sample their tasty wares as the sound of live music fills this beautiful country park. See celebrity chefs demonstrating their skills as they bring creative menus to life live on stage, with a line up including Nottingham’s own MasterChef: The Professionals winner Laurence Henry and MasterChef presenter and author John Torode. Once you’ve whet your appetite there will be an amazing assortment of street food vendors and pop-up cafes to satisfy your cravings and if you’re feeling inspired to hone your own culinary skills there will be a range of workshops for both adults and children from the experts at The School of Artisan Food.

Find out more.


Men Women and Things: a World of Worlds

Men, Women and Things: a World in a World. The Portland Collection


14 September - 31 December | The Harley Gallery | Free

Last year the art world was shocked when the priceless Portland Tiara was stolen from the internationally significant Portland Collection on display in the historic Welbeck Estate in north Nottinghamshire. This terrible loss led to an extended closure of the exhibition space while extensive security measures were put in place, and we’re delighted that the exceptional objects, rare works and masterpieces in the collection will once again be available for the public to view.

The Portland collection encompasses the treasures collected by the Dukes of Portland and their families, who have made the Welbeck Estate their home since 1607. The new display focuses on the extraordinary women of this illustrious, aristocratic family - from the first sci-fi writer to a natural historian and a great philanthropist. It showcases a variety of works from grand full-length oil painted portraits to tiny miniatures, furniture to jewellery, books to ceramics.

Find out more.


Nottingham Green Festival 

Nottingham Green Festival


Sunday 15 September | 12 - 6pm | The Arboretum | Free

Now in its 27th year, this vibrant, grass-roots and community-led festival fills the city’s beautiful botanical garden with live music and performers, stalls showcasing ethical products and energy saving technologies and tasty vegan treats. Get involved with various activities for adults and children as the city comes together to promote ethical standards around sustainability, the environment, human and animal rights, whilst having lots of fun in this green flag award-winning park. New for 2019 will be a speaker’s area hosting discussions on a variety of pressing ecological issues including land use and how to use less stuff.

Find out more.



The blog was written by Claire Jones, Marketing Assistant at Visit Nottinghamshire. 

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